Partners Jane Dixon and Adam Dudley are Naturetrek tour leaders and ground agents in the USA.

The Pyrenees have been my wildlife tour-guiding destination of choice now for almost 30 years, with more than 25 tours under my belt to both the Spanish and French sides of the range. What explains its consistent pull on me, when there are so many other magnificent wildlife areas in Europe and the rest of the world?

Naturetrek staff are continuing to record the butterflies we see during our lockdown walks and wonder whether, between all our Naturetrek guests on such walks countrywide, we might collectively record all of Britain’s 60-odd regular breeding species!

I had, for some time, suspected that the Brown Hairstreak butterfly might be present in the extensive untrimmed blackthorn hedges surrounding the meadows and horse paddocks at the Naturetrek office in Chawton, but a brief glimpse of a late adult in September 2016 was all I had to show for it.

Updates from our partners living life in lockdown in the Galápagos Islands, Kenya, The Gambia, Namibia, Alderney and other locations across the globe.

We’ve been nominated ‘Best Safari, Wildlife & Nature Holiday Company’ in the prestigious 2020 British Travel Awards. All voters will be entered into an official prize draw to win a Rhine or Danube cruise! Please click here to vote.